The Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN), Oyo state chapter, has condemned the call for the reintroduction of educational levies in the state’s public schools by the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT).
DAILY POST discovered that the immediate past president of NUT in the state, Mr. Niyi Akano, had called for the reintroduction of education taxes in the state’s public elementary and secondary schools.
But SPN rejected the call from the former NUT president.
The SPN, in a statement signed by its Secretary of State, Comrade Ayodeji Adigun, described the call as anti-popular and insensitive.
Adigun in the statement made available to DAILY POST on Friday said: “The attention of the Socialist Party of Nigeria, Oyo State Chapter, has been drawn to the call for the reintroduction of the payment of education fees in the primary and secondary schools of the state. . The call was credited to the immediate past president of the Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT) in Oyo State, Niyi Akano.
“SPN rejects this type of call. It is anti-people and insensitive to the massive agony and misery under which millions of workers in the state groan right now. Once again, it is quite unfortunate that such a call came from someone who normally should have been at the forefront of advocating for free, quality education in the state, being the immediate past president of NUT in the state.
“Other statements such as” parents in the state should be willing to make sacrifices for their wards “, which were attributed to Mr. Niyi Akano, is an erroneous accusation against a mass of poor parents in the state. As for us , those of the SPN, we are concerned, it is not out of place if parents trust that the government always chooses the education obligation of their pupils. After all, adequate and adequate funding of a free and quality education for all citizens, regardless of their religious affiliation and social status, it is a social responsibility of every determined government.
Unfortunately, despite the great noise that the government led by Engr Seyi Makinde had made around the so-called cancellation of the education fee, which the regime often mistakenly referred to as ‘free education’. The practical realities in the state’s elementary and secondary schools are far from what can be described as free, quality education. Parents have continued to bear the enormous cost of education for their wards. This is because the so-called education tax cancellation is done with no additional funds committed to ensuring adequate and adequate funding for public education in the state.
“This kind of unfortunate situation has undoubtedly subjected education workers, in particular teachers and school principals, like principals and principals in the case of elementary schools, to face an impossible task. Some responsibilities, such as the provision of some materials such as chalk, diaries, records, pens and lesson notes for the teaching, evaluation and evaluation of students and pupils, are generally obtained from the limited fund that is often generated through the fee of education that was canceled by Engr Seyi Makinde- led government. Now, in most schools, it has become the responsibility of teachers and school principals. The implication of this, therefore, is that students are generally left inactive due to a lack of materials for teaching, evaluating and evaluating, especially when school principals are overwhelmed by this responsibility and it becomes so obvious that they can no longer assume this responsibility. task on his meager hard-earned salary.
“In fact, there are cases where teachers and school administrators suffered different forms of punitive measures under the government led by Engr Seyi Makinde for the ‘crime’ that they request for the financial and material support of parents when faced with the regrettable situation in which they lack didactic material to be used by students.